Provision for Online Learning
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents and carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home
A student’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary action to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching. Work set at this time might include revision, research or project style activities.
Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?
During a period of extended lockdown, all students will continue to receive a broad and balanced curriculum. We will aim to teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school, however some adaptations will need to be made in some of the subject areas where teaching often includes a more practical element, such as PE or Technology.
During the period of lockdown, vulnerable students and the children of critical workers are invited to work in school where they will be based in computer suites with full access to the online provision provided by their subject teachers. These students will be supervised by teachers and teaching assistants in a Covid-secure manner.
In each of their subjects students can expect a combination of the following:
• live lessons (teachers will send invites to live lessons using either Google Meet or Zoom and such lessons will take place at the usual lesson times)
• recorded lessons and narrated PowerPoints
• tasks to be completed independently
• links to other websites and resources as appropriate to support and supplement the topics being covered
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
Teachers and students will be following their usual school timetable, therefore where live lessons take place this will be at the time that a student would usually be in this particular class. Live lessons will typically last between 30 and 60 minutes, with opportunity for students to complete work and engage with the teacher during that time.
Independent work will be set for the lessons which aren’t being taught live and teachers will give students guidance on how much time to spend on a piece of work.
Therefore, students can expect to have work to either complete independently or attend live lessons for each subject on their timetable.
At Key Stage Three students will be spend 4 – 5 hours a day on their school work.
Students working towards formal qualifications can expect to spend 5+ hours a day on their school work.
Accessing online learning
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Students will access their work via Google Classroom. Teachers will use Google Classroom to:
• set work and attach relevant documents
• share links to live lesson invitations (these will also be visible on the student's Google Calendar)
• share links to other websites and online resources
• upload recorded lessons and recordings of live lessons
• make announcements to classes
• provide feedback on work uploaded to Google Classrooms by the students
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
All students will be contacted at the start of the period of lockdown by their form tutor, mentor or a member of the pastoral team, this will help us to ascertain which students require devises on which to access lessons.
Laptops will initially be issued to pupil premium and free school meal students who do not have access.
Once we have ensured that all pupil premium and free school meal students have the appropriate devices to access learning we will then issue the remaining laptops to non-pupil premium and non-free school meal students.
For students who do not have access to WIFI we will make dongles available allowing students to use 20 gigabits of data each month.
Engagement and Feedback:
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
We expect all students to:
• access their Google Classroom and school emails on a daily basis. This will help them to keep track of the work that their teachers are setting, when their live lessons are scheduled and the deadlines that have been set.
• attend all of the live lessons that their teachers deliver and to complete the independent work that is set. If students struggle to gain access to a live lesson, then the recording of it will always be made available to them via their Google Classroom so that they will be able to catch up with what they have missed.
• meet the deadlines for submitting work to their teachers so that feedback can be supplied in a timely manner.
• maintain communication with their teachers via Google Classroom or email. If they are stuck on a piece of work or unsure what to do, then they should email their class teacher.
Parents and carers can support students by:
• ensuring that there is an appropriate space in the house where students can complete their school work.
• talk to the student about the work that has been set and what they are doing. Students may be missing the dialogue that is part of the classroom experience, so chatting about the work and asking them to tell you about it will be a great way of offering support.
• ask students to show you their Google Classroom and Google Calendar so that you can help them to organise their working day, week and upcoming deadlines.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Teachers will be monitoring students' engagement with the work set by asking for specific pieces to be submitted either via email or Google Classroom. This is likely to be on a weekly basis for the core subjects and fortnightly for other subjects. In some instances a teacher may set project style work which might have a longer deadline to reflect the amount of time that should be spent on it.
Subject teachers will be in regular contact with the students in their classes either via email or Google Classroom and tutors will also make fortnightly contact with the students in their tutor groups.
When a teacher or form tutor is concerned with a student’s lack of engagement in the first instance they will contact the student directly by email. This will then be followed up by contacting parents or careers by telephone or email.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Feedback on student’s work will be given in a variety of ways:
• individually written comments via email or Google Classroom
• whole class feedback through live lessons (this might be verbally or through the chat function)
• via digital platforms where students’ performance is assessed when they submit the work
• through quizzes
When work is formally submitted by the students via Google Classroom or email, feedback will be given in a timely manner either via email, Google Classroom or a different online platform as appropriate and pride points and reward certificates will continue to be awarded through the school intranet. Where work is submitted on a weekly or fortnightly basis, students can expect to receive feedback in the following week or fortnight respectively.
Additional support for students with particular needs
How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?
We recognise that some students, for example some students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND, may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and the Inclusion Faculty will work with parents and carers to support these students in the following ways:
• identify and prioritise those with greatest learning needs and most limited home support.
• identify ‘key workers’ for vulnerable SEND students who will coordinate support and support staff will contact these students by phone to discuss work and concerns.
• higher level teaching assistants will deliver remote lessons to bespoke groups of SEND students
• differentiate independent learning tasks set by teachers
• where appropriate, provide differentiated paper home learning materials which may collected, marked and returned with feedback to the students
• contact parents on a weekly basis to discuss student engagement and well-being issues
• monitor the engagement of students with additional needs through work submission, joining live lessons and checking at least weekly with parents how students are doing.